2020 will be a year to remember – but what will you remember and how will you remember it?
I get asked a lot of questions about Year-end or New Year planning. And I’m a firm believer in both: in order to plan ahead you must first look back at where you came from. When you look at this past year, no doubt there are things that you will want to repeat and things you will want to rewrite. You are not alone in wanting to forget many aspects of 2020, but there lessons learned and experiences had that can shape the steps you take in the future.
Here’s what planning for the New Year looked like for me . . .
Below are the questions I posed to our team at South Bend City Church at the close of 2020. before we stepped into planning for 2021. My hope was that these questions would give our team space to “put it all on the table.” This process was both rewarding and difficult at the same time. Even though I came up with these questions, I too had to sit with them for awhile. And what I realized was that there were so many layers to 2020 – much I had forgotten. These questions did exactly what I hoped: they facilitated an open and honest dialogue that was necessary in order for us to move into the new year.
And if I could give you one tip as you dive into these questions: don’t skip the personal learnings – they are just as important (if not more) than the learnings you have as a team.
Pre-Team Meeting Work:
Take some time to reflect on 2020 for yourself and for our team. Write down the answers to each of these questions so you will be ready to share and discuss
What did 2020 look like for you?
- Three accomplishments you are most proud of in 2020.
- One person, one memory, one practice you are most grateful for in 2020.
- Learnings: What did you learn about yourself? What inspired you in 2020? What was your hardest moment? In what ways was God revealed to you?
- What do you want to repeat and what do you want to rewrite from 2020?
What did 2020 look like for our team?
- Three accomplishments you are most proud of for SBCC (our team)?
- One person SBCC had an impact on, one SBCC memory, one practice we did you are most grateful for in 2020.
- Learnings: what did we learn about ourselves? What inspired us? What was our hardest moment? In what ways was God revealed to us?
- What do we want to repeat and what do we want to rewrite?
Team Meeting Work:
Now talk about your answers to these questions as a team. Set aside at least 2 hours in a comfortable space. It’s helpful if you guide the flow of moving through these questions, but make sure everyone has an opportunity to be heard. This doesn’t mean every person has to answer every question out loud, but it does mean there’s space for everyone to share.
(Check out Part 2 – Strategic Planning: Why are they being so quiet?)